Look Up, Garden
A seven floor high sky of flowers floating above the visitor’s head – an encounter with the dreamlike sublime and visual magic shifting perceptions of a space and of an institution.
Double Decker worked closely with the team at OCC to develop the brief for a site specific artwork for the foyer that would be a delicate and evolving response to the masculine architectural strength and stability of the space. Double Decker commissioned London based artist Rebecca Louise Law, known for her flower-based collaborations with Damien Hirst and fashion designer Matthew Williamson, to create a softly startling living installation. Law’s piece beautifully gestures towards the sensitivity and evanescence of the act of creation to which the OCC’s powerful building is dedicated.
Drawing on the flora of Greece for her inspiration, Law used 11,000 flowers and aromatic herbs including carnations, roses, lavender, basil, oregano, olive trees and heliotrope to transform the OCC foyer into a green flower-filled sky. Time-based and truly site-specific, the installation gradually evolved in form, colour and shape, allowing visitors to experience its growth and grandeur.
Location: Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece
Date: September 2014 – June 2015
Curation: Double Decker
Design: Afroditi Panagiotakou
Organisation: OCC Communication & Marketing Department
Photography: Georgia Poutou